Heinz has joined forces with alcohol brand Absolut to create a new pasta sauce in response to a social media craze for Italian classic pasta alla vodka.

This is the first time the two brands have partnered up and the Heinz x Absolut Tomato Vodka Pasta Sauce will be available in limited amounts from Waitrose in mid-April.

For decades, pasta alla vodka has been a staple in Italian restaurants.

The alcohol is used to help the cream meld with the tomato base and balance out the flavours.

The National: The pasta sauce will launch in mid-AprilThe pasta sauce will launch in mid-April (Image: Heinz/PA Media)

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Having said this, interest in the recipe intensified in 2020 when model Gigi Hadid posted an Instagram Story of herself cooking “spicy vodka pasta”.

Heinz and Absolut said the vodka – which reduces to less than 1% during the cooking process – “boosts the volatile flavour compounds already present in the tomatoes and creates a rich texture that perfectly balances the creamy, cheese notes with the rich tomato and fragrant basil”.

Those that want to give the pasta sauce a try can pick up a 350g jar for £2.50 or pre-order one jar from the Heinz To Home website.

The National: The sauce will be sold in Waitrose storesThe sauce will be sold in Waitrose stores (Image: Heinz/PA Media)

Heinz new ventures director Caio Fontenele said: “While it may have taken over 150 years of tomato expertise to launch our first Heinz pasta sauce, we’re determined to continue innovating and delighting consumers with delicious flavours, at the speed of social media trends.

“We are thrilled with the partnership between these two centenary brands, bringing the first tomato vodka pasta sauce to major UK supermarkets.

“The iconic combination of Heinz’s high-quality tomato sauces and Absolut’s premium vodka is set to offer fans the ultimate pasta alla vodka experience. And the result is absolutely delicious.”

Leanne Banks, marketing director at Pernod Ricard UK, which owns the Absolut brand, said: “It’s only natural that we’d partner with Heinz on this ultimate collaboration between two iconic brands, with two iconic bottles.

“Now fans of our brand can enjoy Absolut in an entirely new and innovative way, pasta alla vodka style.”